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Citrix CTP, Microsoft MVP, VMware vExpert and Splunk Revolution awards

VMware vExpert Award

VMware recognized my contributions to the virtualization community by awarding me their vExpert title. Many thanks to everybody who made that possible, the readers of this blog, the attendees of my presentations, the users of my tools and all the great people of the virtualization community! I am very happy to be one of the […]

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Real-World Example: WiX/MSI Application Installer

Creating an installer that does not suck is hard. The tools available are expensive, inadequate, overly complicated and/or poorly documented (pick any combination). WiX is one of the better choices. It is free and it is used for some Microsoft products. But WiX is just a wrapper around MSI and as such is unnecessarily difficult […]

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Conferences 2012 and Beyond

What do I do for a living? I travel to community conferences, of course. In 2012 I spent 44 days going to 10 different conferences – err, wait, that is I would love to earn a living that way, but of course I have to work like everybody else. Nevertheless, having my own company I […]

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Knowledge Base Gems

While I am generally satisfied with the quality of Microsoft Knowledge Base articles (many other vendors’ KBs are far worse), from time to time I encounter articles that either lack even the tiniest bits of information or are unintentionally funny. Today I found one that fits into both categories: Unexpectedly slow startup or logon process […]

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How I Do Off-Site Cloud Backup

In my ongoing quest for the perfect way to back up my personal data I have tweaked the setup yet again. Most of what I wrote nearly three years ago (How to Build a State of the Art Backup System for Your Personal Data) still stands, so I will focus on off-site cloud backup in […]

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On the Usefulness of self-extracting Archives

I just found out that the new firmware version 2.1 for my digital camera Panasonic Lumix LX3 has been published. Very nice, especially the speed improvements. So I downloaded the firmware, a self-extracting archive, started the executable and had it uncompress the actual firmware file (a .bin file). Interestingly, the “compressed” .exe file is larger […]

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Programming Sins Regarding the Registry (Using the Example of Microsoft Excel)

While browsing through the registry I found the following “gem”. It illustrates nicely how programmers are not supposed to store settings in the registry: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Nach Microsoft E&xcel exportieren] @="res://C:\\PROGRA~2\\MICROS~1\\Office12\\EXCEL.EXE/3000" "Contexts"=dword:00000001[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Nach Microsoft E&xcel exportieren] @="res://C:\\PROGRA~2\\MICROS~1\\Office12\\EXCEL.EXE/3000" "Contexts"=dword:00000001 (more…)

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I Was Interviewed – Twice

In the past few days I have been interviewed twice: in the German O’Reilly blog and in sepago’s marketing/HR blog. You can find the two (different) interviews here: Das Making-of der “Windowsbefehle kurz & gut” und der Admin-Alltag Einfach Helge Klein (more…)

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Hear Me Speak and Talk to Me

Do you like what you read in this blog but have questions I did not answer (yet)? Or do you prefer listening and talking to live human beings instead of sitting alone in front of your screen? Well, come hear me speak and tell me what you think! This summer I will be speaking at […]

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New sepago blog on SCCM (German!)

My colleague Thorsten Christoffers has started blogging, mainly on topics related to Microsoft System Center. If you can read German, check out his first article on the Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows. Thorsten, welcome to the small but growing community of bloggers at sepago!

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